NOAA Fisheries Announces Modifications to Gag and Black Grouper Recreational Management Measures in the Gulf of Mexico
NOAA Fisheries has published a final rule changing gag and black grouper recreational management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. These changes include:
- An increase in the gag recreational minimum size limit from 22 inches total length to 24 inches total length.
- An increase in the black grouper recreational minimum size limit from 22 inches total length to 24 inches total length.
- A lengthening of the gag recreational fishing season from July 1 – December 2, to June 1 – December 31.
The Club holds monthly meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the Gulf Landings Clubhouse, 6035 Barefoot Ct., New Port Richey. Prior to the business part of the meeting, we have a fishing education segment. We usually have a guest speaker. Our guest speakers include professional fishing charter captains, professional guides, or Club members. Topics include techniques, strategies, tackle, and skills used to increase fishing knowledge. Also, at each meeting, there is a 50/50 raffle and an attendance raffle.
A newsletter and calendar are mailed to each member monthly in order to keep everyone apprised of Club information and up-coming events.
Each year the Fish-On Club hosts our Wish-To-Fish outing for abandoned, abused, neglected and underprivileged children. Our club takes approximately 30 children on a day long fishing trip aboard the charter boat, Miss Virginia. We provide breakfast, lunch, drinks, afternoon snacks, Club tee shirts and volunteers to assist the children with the fishing. The children selected come from the Joshua House and the Hope Children’s Home (group homes). We have also taken the Boys and Girls Club and active military personal returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Club promotes community involvement as a group. We have adopted a section of Main Street in New Port Richey and volunteers from the Club clean up once each quarter. We also assist the Local YMCA with their Kids Fishing Day and Officiate other Fishing Tournaments as needed.
The Club holds several tournaments a year with cash payouts. Usually these tournaments are for species including redfish, trout, snook, kingfish, grouper, spanish mackerel, etc. These tournaments are for members only and are funded solely by member contributions.
We hold a Club Picnic every year at a convenient park location with food and drinks being provided by the Club and many covered dishes being provided by the Club members’ families. All family members are welcome to a day of bocce ball, horseshoes, casting contests and raffles, all part of a great day of fun.
We also have an annual Holiday Party after the Christmas and New Year Holidays with great food, camaraderie and a Chinese gift exchange.
We want all members to enjoy the sport of fishing. If there is any way a member or any officer or board member can help in this effort, Just ASK !!! Maybe it’s asking which bait is best or what knots work best? No questions are considered trivial, as we want you to catch fish and enjoy the camaraderie with other members.
We are a social group with many members who are retired and fish during the week. It’s great if you have a boat, however, you do not have to own a boat to be a member. All members receive a listing of all the members in the club and hopefully you will be able to fish with a number of them, whether it is on your boat or theirs!
Membership dues are only $35.00, due in December, and pro-rated by month starting in April. There are Tee Shirts, Hats and Iron-on Patches with the Club logo for sale at every meeting.